Helen Hayes Hospital is pleased to announce a schedule of support groups that meet monthly at the physical rehabilitation hospital. Meetings are open to the public.
Caregiver’s Support Group
Helen Hayes Hospital offers a monthly Caregiver Support group which is open to patients’ family members and people in the community. A caregiver is an individual or family member who provides assistance and care at home to an adult relative or significant other who is disabled or chronically ill. Caregivers fill the many needs of their family member or significant other, but they have unmet needs of their own. The purpose of the group is for caregivers to meet others who share the same needs, to exchange information and discuss common concerns, and to offer support and friendship to one another in an informal and relaxed setting. The group meets every third Wednesday of the month from 2:00pm-3:00pm in Room GA34 in the Day Hospital on the ground floor and is facilitated by a certified rehabilitation registered nurse. Please call 786-4746 for further information.
Helen Hayes Hospital ‘Family Day’ has been established for family members of Traumatic Brain Injury survivors. Each month, on the third Sunday, from 2:00-3:30pm, a family support group is hosted in the Helen Hayes Hospital Auditorium. This group is open to family members and friends of individuals who have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury. The focus is devoted to ‘Stages of Our Lives,’ coping with the unanticipated changes that have occurred as a result of the injury. Immediately following the family support group, family members as well as survivors are invited back to the Transitional Rehabilitation Center for refreshments. Additional information can be obtained by phoning Renee Reichenbach at the Transitional Rehabilitation Center, 845-429-1677, extension 302.
Family/Survivor Support Group
The Brain Injury Association of New York holds its Rockland County chapter family support group the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm in the 1st floor dining area. This meeting is open to family members of and survivors of a brain injury. The meeting features a speaker from the community who presents information and resources to the families of and survivors of a brain injury. Coffee and cake are provided. For more information contact Barry Dain at 845-429-1677, extension 303, or call the Brain Injury Association at 1-800-228-8201.
MS Support Group
Helen Hayes Hospital offers a monthly group support meeting for people living with MS. The meetings are directed by a volunteer member of the MS Society and are intended for participants to speak openly to one another. Individuals are provided the opportunity to engage with others living with MS and to share and learn from their personal experiences. The Group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, in the 4th floor conference room at 6:15 pm. Please call 786-4446 for more information.
Helen Hayes Hospital offers a monthly support and educational meeting designed to disseminate current and accurate information about osteoporosis prevention, early diagnosis and treatment. Professionals from the New York State Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program (NYSOPEP) present information on the latest medications, nutritional guidelines, research and other important topics. Education and support plays an important role in helping individuals learn about and cope with osteoporosis. The meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, in the Recreation Room, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. For more information call 786-4200.
Helen Hayes Hospital offers a monthly support and educational meeting for survivors of stroke and their families and caregivers. Each meeting features a presentation and discussion by a hospital staff member. The meetings cover a wide variety of topics and participants are encouraged to bring with them concerns and questions they might have from a number of perspectives on their experiences with stroke. The meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month, in the Recreation Room, from 11:00 am to noon. For more information call 786-4200.